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King George Secondary: Equity of Access - Technology $20,000
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King George Secondary: Equity of Access - Technology  $20,000

New this year, RISE Blocks - providing support for our most vulnerable learners. We need 16 laptops and a charging cart to make the support work properly during a Pandemic.

Additional technological capacity is needed in our RISE Room (student support centre) to ensure equitable accessible to hybrid learning opportunities. With the shift to online learning due to Covid-19, students with diverse learning needs and risk-factors due to socio-economic status now face increased barriers to learning. Having an adequate number of laptops for individual use would allow our team to better support these students, increase their chances of academic success, and strengthen their connection to school in this unpredictable landscape. Many of our students do not have consistent access to technology in the home, nor is home a supportive space for academic work. For some, school is the only opportunity they have to complete assignments and demonstrate learning. Lack of technology in our classroom significantly limits this opportunity.

For a decade, Adopt-a-School's primary focus has been on ensuring that students aren’t hungry, are clothed and have learning experiences that will enable them to fulfill their potential. The Vancouver Sun and its readers recognized and responded to the pressing needs of children and youth. Since 2011, readers have recognized how hard it is to learn when you’re hungry and have donated around $6.5 million to the Adopt-a-School campaigns.

But as COVID has highlighted, learning is harder still without the necessary technology and tools. During the pandemic, more than ever, children and youth are suffering with anxiety and depression.  They need safe spaces to go and schools can be that. And if schools are forced to close again, how many families won’t have what their children need to Zoom to class or do their homework?

The applications here are requests for technology and literacy tools to help support the students' education. Not as urgent as food security, perhaps, but equally necessary for the ongoing development of these children.

Any designated donations received for these technology and literacy programs will be disbursed to assist the schools with their needs.

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